Kyle Singler Must Earn His Starting Spot For Detroit Pistons This Season

By John Raffel
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Singler played in all 82 of the Detroit PistonsNBA games last season. Provided he doesn’t get any injuries or suspensions, it’ s likely he’ll play that many games again.

Singler started 74 games last season, but that stat could be lower this year.

The addition of Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and others will lead toward more competition for starting time, and Singler could find himself coming off the bench more often. The reason he started so many games last year was because that was the best the Pistons had to offer. This season will be different, and Singler could find someone else in his starting spot. For someone who averaged 28 minutes a game, his stats of 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds a game weren’t bad. His shooting was decent with the 42.8 percent from the floor, 35.0 percent in 3-pointers and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line.

It’s not that Singler had a poor season as a Pistons rookie.

But if the Pistons can find someone who will add to those numbers, that particular player is likely to start in Singler’s place.

Even if he’s not starting, Singler likely still make some strong contributions from off the bench. He did show last season that he has plenty of scoring and rebounding talent to help the Pistons win more ballgames.

Singler would guarantee another season of starts if he played consistently like he did the second to the last game of the season in a 109-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. In 31 minutes of action, he shot 6-of-11 from the floor, 2-of-6 from the 3-point area and 2-of-2 in free throws with three steals and no turnovers. Those are type of statistics that put players in the starting lineup.

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